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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Burlington Bully Fodder

I am sitting and typing w/1 hand and holding my newborn son with the other. Mom is doing great and resting. In times like this a dad thinks of the future and providing the best possible for his children. This is a common parent thing that God put on the heart of humanity. Of course sin changes, twists, misinforms, and caters to selfish desires and prejudices with regard to what the "best" thing is for our kids.

I saw a Burlington back-to-school commercial and it was promising "all the hottest fashions" for school. Just following that premise brings up so many things....

  • what makes it "hot"?
  • who says what's "hot" or not and by what authority?
  • is that a valid authority we want to place ourselves in submission to...or our children?
  • how long have we submitted to that authority...or continue to submit to that authority?
  • is there a better way?
  • if there is a better way, and my conscience says there is, shall I discipline myself to find it, or just continue w/status quo and go do something quick so I can stop thinking about it?

To be fair Burlington is just one of myriads whose intent is to appeal to the lust of the eyes, flesh, and boastful pride of life enough so that we are parted with our dollars so junior can have the Burlington interpretation of "best"

So what is the greatest leverage the marketers have come up with to rid you of your cash in their direction?

Good ole' peer pressure. The fulcrum to that lever goes right back to the old socialization argument.

No Burlington et. al, you don't have in mind what is best for my children, and your methods of persuasion are very telling indeed.

He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:8

It really comes down to whom we are going to serve. What authority we are placing ourselves under. Does "what's hot for back-to-school" result in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control? Or immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,
envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. (Galatians 5)

I'll wrap up w/a little video clip from Fox news I saw yesterday where some girls and families had to retain an attorney to force change with a school climate of bullying.

"Battle Against Bullying"

OK, my free hand is needed immediately for "binky duty". TTFN.


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